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desiel trucks vs. gas trucks

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by sirsweatsalot, Dec 4, 2002.

  1. SpudsM15

    SpudsM15 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 627

    I really want a chevy2500hd with a duramax.
    They only get 17/18 mpg?
    I get that with my lil 4.3 S-10 4X4 which rocks by the way. Hehe
    It only weighs a whole 2500lbs. I love burning those lil 1.8 civic 4 bangers!
     
  2. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    Yeah, but with the Duramax, you'd be able to put your S10 in the back to use instead of a spare tire, and still get 17/18 mpg.:cool:

    Randy
     
  3. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    I love my diesels, I really do. The power, the sound, everything about them. But... When they are out of warrentee, they are more expensive to work on. Any part pertaining to the engine is more. Water pump old truck, or Saturn cost me 25 -35 bucks. Powerstroke....$460. Starter $300, you get the picture. Big diesel in a 3/4 ford, bends the springs, causes alignment problems, and that means large dollars for suspension parts. Find someone to work on a diesel cheap... just finding someone to work on one at all is some times hard. The engine will last 400,000, but those injectors don't. How much you ask... at least $200 a piece, and for 8 of them, and install if you are not up for it.... your looking at well over $2,000 bucks. I can by a new gas engine for that.

    They are fun, they are powerful, but if you are going to keep your truck a long time, and want to play with the big boys, you got to be ready to spend big boy money.

    Don't buy a 3/4 Ford diesel. Get a 1 ton 4x4 with a solid front axle so you can at least align it.

    Jay
     
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,205

    i get right around 20 mpg with my duramax.
     
  5. MWS LAWN

    MWS LAWN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    Hey Brook, The Super Duty 3/4 tons do have the solid front axle don't they?
     
  6. Shady Brook

    Shady Brook LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 1,517

    Unless they made a change for 2003, I pretty positive they are TTB. You could check the Forddiesel.com site to find out more.

    Jay
     
  7. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,544

    All 99 and newer Ford F-250 trucks have solid dana 50s and then Ford changed them to Dana 60s the old TTB system is a tiremans favorite suspension it wears tires like no tommorow.

    As for owning a diesel some times its the only way you can make money with the truck like here in B.C. Canada reg gas is alot more expensive compared to diesel fuel. I used to own a 88 F-Superduty with a 460 fuel injected the truck barely got 8mpg the average was 6mpg didn't change much with a load on it maybe 4mpg with a 6000lb load.
     
  8. GraZZmaZter

    GraZZmaZter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 740

    Diesel all the way. I have 2 old Chevys. One with a 350 gasser, and the other with a 6.2 liter diesel. I love the diesel, and when i look for a truck next spring, it will definately be a duramax.
     
  9. Delt Lawn Care

    Delt Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2


    WOW, now i dont feel so dumb.:D
     
  10. Delt Lawn Care

    Delt Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    Posts: 2

    is the EZ dump a good thing to have? i mean will it hold up to the punishment and all, it has always seemed to me just a thing for looks but maybe im wrong, let me know cause i might have to get it later on, email me, i doubt ill be able to find this again,

    tx

    Delt Lawn Care
     

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